20 years on, Valiant's Dr. Mirage reborn, remade

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 5 at 11:05 AM

It's no hallucination: Dr. Mirage has returned to Valiant Entertainment though the paranormal detective is decidedly different.

Appearing in "Shadowman" No. 5 — out Wednesday— the popular character who debuted in 1993 is presented anew as Dr. Shan Fong, a dedicated and detailed investigator who talks to spirits in a bid to solve human crimes.

Valiant says the new Dr. Mirage is similar to the previous incarnation, a man named Hwen Mirage, whose exploits with wife Carmen Ruiz ran for 18 issues in "Second Life of Doctor Mirage." But this one is more contemporary and, added "Shadowman" co-writer artist Patrick Zircher, her powers are more steeped in Asian mysticism.

Zircher says the change is part of Valiant's "ongoing plan to expand its universe of characters."

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